和田助家軍忠状 (Migita Sukeie gunchūjō)

This petition for military rewards, or gunchūjō was submitted by Sukeie, who took credit for the actions of his son Sukeyasu. From this document, it becomes clear that the Migita, fought for both for and against Prince Moriyoshi. Sukeie and his son Sukehide fought for Kamakura, and attacked Kusunoki Masashige’s Chihaya castle in the fourth month of 1333. At the same time, Sukeyasu fought for Moriyoshi in the vicinity of the castle. Sukeie thus dispatched two sons to fight for two armies, and although he sided with Kamakura, he left his allegiances vague, and notified Prince Moriyoshi that he was ill. Sukeie nevertheless received credit for Sukeyasu’s actions. At the same time, Sukeie kept the Kamakura documents in case that the bakufu would somehow make a comback. Warrior loyalty did not exist to lords, but rather their house. By fighting for both sides, Sukeie ensured that his house would continue. Shijō Takasada monogrammed this document.

Migita Sukeie Gunchūjō(Tag:)
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Regarding: A request, based on repeated service in battle and in accordance with the princely edict, to promptly receive rewards that show a bowman’s valor

Concerning the aforesaid: When I, Sukeie, was honored to receive a princely edict on the fourth month and third day of this year, I myself was suffering a relapse of illness, so I sent a number of soldiers to my son Sukeyasu. Thereupon, they rode out to join the prince’s forces. On the eighth day of the fourth month of last year, they served on the battlefield of Akaigawara, witnessed by Yamato Chikato Naigen Shirō and Gorō of the same family. On the twenty-seventh day of the same month, when the Nagoe former governor of Owari set out, they fought without regard for life in battle. Two retainers, Yagorō and Magokurō, were injured, which was observed by Shichirō Nyūdō of Uno in Yamato Province and Saemon Saburō of Yasuda in Harima Province. Given that [Sukeyasu’s] performance in battle was peerless service and having received a validated migyōshō, I wish to get the reward.

Genkō 3 [1333], 5th month, ___ day

 

和田助家軍忠状 

 

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左少将

 

 

  一見了

(四条隆貞)

左少将 ((花押)

 

和泉國御家人和田修理亮助家謹言上

欲早且依度々合戦忠節且任 令旨速預恩賞

成弓箭勇間事

右助家今年四月三日忝下賜 令旨之間於

自身者治病更発之間差副数輩軍勢於

子息助康畢仍令馳参于御方去四月八日

於赤井河原戦場致合戦忠之條大和近戸

内源四郎同五郎令見知畢同廿七日名越尾

張前司発向之刻於久我縄手不惜身命

致合戦若黨弥五郎孫九郎被疵之條大和国

宇野七郎入道播磨國安田左衛門三郎所見

及也然早合戦之忠為無雙奉公之上者賜

御外題御教書欲預恩賞仍恐々言上如件

 

元弘三年五月 日

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